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Tuesday links: Could football playoff go to 8 teams?

This is the last year for the BCS. Thank, goodness. A four-team playoff starts in 2014. But how soon will it give way to an eight-team playoff? David Jones of Pennlive.com thinks after the new 13-person College Football Playoff committee endures a couple of seasons trying to pick four participants, we’ll see another adjustment. Jones’ model makes sense: five major-conference champions, one mandated rep from among the six minor conferences and then two at-large berths will compose an 8-team tournament. Perfect. *** The Heisman Trophy winner will be unveiled on Saturday night in New York. And the six Heisman finalists

Dienhart: My 2013 All-Freshman Football Team

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was Big Ten Freshman of the Year last week. And, he’s the headliner on the 2013 BTN.com All-Freshman Team. Led by Hackenberg, Penn State has five players on the squad, pacing all schools. Nebraska has four. It was a strong year for tight ends, the most difficult spot to pick. Among the promising youngsters are Minnesota’s Maxx Williams, Michigan’s Jake Butt, Penn State’s Adam Breneman, Michigan State’s Josiah Price and Nebraska’s Cethan Carter. In addition to Hackenberg, the Big Ten has good youngsters under center in Purdue’s Danny Etling and Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong, Jr. And

Dienhart: My quick take on Big Ten bowls

The Big Ten bowl matchups have been announced. And there are some interesting clashes. The Big Ten failed to get a team in the BCS title game for the sixth season in a row, but there are two teams in BCS bowls. Here’s a quick look at the seven Big Ten bowl matchups. [ MORE: View the complete 2013-14 college football bowl schedule ] Rose Bowl: Michigan State vs. Stanford The Spartans are in Pasadena for the first time since the 1987 season, when they beat USC. Michigan State will be tested by a good Stanford team led by rising

View 2013-14 Big Ten bowl matchups

The 2013-14 bowl schedule was announced Sunday night, and the Big Ten received two BCS bowl berths. Big Ten champion Michigan State is headed to the Rose Bowl to play Stanford, while Leaders Division champion Ohio State is off to the Orange Bowl to take on Clemson. Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin also received bowl bids. See the Big Ten’s full bowl slate in this post. [ MORE: View our 2013-14 bowl schedule page ] Big Ten Bowls Bowl Location Date (All ET)/TV Result Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Michigan vs. Kansas State Tempe, AZ Sun Devil Stadium Sat., Dec.

Bowl Projections: Here's our guy's final 2013 list

Soon the official bowl pairings will be announced. Here are my last projections. The big change is Ohio State falling from the BCS title game to the Orange Bowl, and Michigan State rising to the Rose Bowl. So, the Big Ten will have two BCS bowl teams but will have to wait another year to win a national title. [ MORE: Twitter: Ex-Spartans react to B1G title win | Watch Spartans celebrate ] Rose Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. BCS/Pac-12): Michigan State vs. Stanford Orange Bowl, Jan. 3: (ACC vs. BCS): Ohio State vs. Clemson Capital One Bowl, Jan.

Video: Big Ten football images of the year

What a year for Big Ten football teams. There were plenty of ups and downs to go around. Now have a look at this slick video from our Big Ten Football Championship Pregame Show. It captures the football images of the year across the Big Ten Conference. Big Ten Conference Standings Leaders Conference Overall vs W-L PF PA Home Road W-L PF PA Home Road Top 25 x-Ohio State 8-0 368 182 4-0 4-0 12-0 578 243 7-0 5-0 2-0 Wisconsin 6-2 279 129 3-1 3-1 9-3 429 178 6-1 3-2 1-1 Penn State 4-4 211 256 3-1 1-3 7-5

Should Big Ten champ make BCS title game?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Should Saturday’s Big Ten Football Championship Game winner go to the BCS Championship Game? Two answers: #B1GYes or #B1GNo Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show.

'Journey' preview: Go behind the scenes of 'The Game'

This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013,” presented by Best Buy, we go behind the scenes on both sides of college football’s greatest rivalry – Ohio State vs. Michigan.  Our cameras follow each team as they prepare for the game. Also this week, we profile Wisconsin senior running back James White on his Senior Day. Our usual game highlights focus on Ohio State-Michigan as well as Penn State’s upset over Wisconsin. The show airs at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Don’t forget that you can also watch past episodes of our show at BTN2Go – another great reason

Check out the 2013 All-Big Ten football teams

The 2013 All-Big Ten Football Teams were announced Monday night on BTN. Dave Revsine hosted the 60-minute special that included analysis from Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. See both of the teams in this post. Earlier Monday, BTN.com released its 2013 All-Big Ten teams. [ MORE: See 2013 Big Ten individual award winners ] 2013 ALL-BIG TEN TEAM (COACHES) FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM Braxton Miller, Ohio State Quarterback Connor Cook, Michigan State Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska Running Back Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Carlos Hyde, Ohio State Running Back James White, Wisconsin Allen Robinson, Penn State Receiver Jeremy Gallon, Michigan Jared Abbrederis,

Bowl Projections: OSU to title game, MSU Rose Bowl

Crazy. That’s all I’m gonna say about that Alabama-Auburn game. The fallout of that zaniness scrambled the Big Ten Bowl Projections, which is why I do this in pencil—or at least on my nifty HP EliteBook 844Op. Alabama’s loss to Auburn puts Ohio State in position to play in the BCS title game. Michigan State also looks primed to make its first trip to the Rose Bowl in 26 years. [ MORE: BCS Standings | Power Rankings | Week 14 picks revisited | Week 14 grades & stocks ] The big loser last Saturday? Wisconsin. The Badgers’ stunning loss at home